When Barack Obama decided not to appoint Elizabeth Warren as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Warren had conceived and developed, the president confirmed that what was already agonizingly evident: he’s a hoper and a changer, not a fighter.
Warren, on the other hand, is more than ready to stir things up.
“I leave this agencym, but not this fight,” Warren declared. “[The] issues we deal with—a middle class that has been squeezed and business models built on tricks and traps—are deeply personal to me, and they always will be.”
But where would Warren take the fight?
I argued on the day of Obama’s decision that the proper place for Warren to battle on was not in a lecture hall at Harvard Law School but in the Senate seat once occupied by Ted Kennedy,
“The best place for Warren would be the US Senate, and it happens that a seat is available—representing the state where she has lived for much of her adult life: Massachusetts,” went the case. “Republican Senator Scott Brown, a Wall Street favorite, will be seeking a full six-year term in 2012. Democrats have several credible contenders—and potential contenders—for the seat.… But if the point is policy, as opposed to politics, then getting Warren into the Senate—with the platform to lead the fight not just for consumer protection but economic fairness—ought to be a serious consideration.“
The wise activists with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee started an online campaign to “Draft Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate.”
And Warren indicated that she would consider making a run. There were plenty of doubters back in July.
But, now, it appears that Warren is making her move. And it’s the right one.
She’s making calls to top Democrats in Massachusetts and, on Thursday, she posted a note on the Blue Mass Group site that sounded like she has gotten serious about challenging Brown. After reading the note, BMG co-founder David Kravitz wrote: “Well, I guess she is interested!”
Warren’s offering progressives an exciting prospect for 2012 and beyond—and, yes, that is a reference to the 2016 presidential race.
Here’s what Warren wrote:
Growing up, every decision for my family involved a careful calculation about how we could pay for it—a visit to the doctor, a tank of gas to drive to my grandparents’ house, a new pair of school shoes.
My Aunt Bert cut everyone’s hair, my Aunt Bee bought my Easter dress every year, and my brother David paid for his school clothes with money from his paper route. There were plenty of ups and downs. When my father had a heart attack, the store where he worked changed his job and cut his pay. We lost our car, and my mother went to work answering phones at Sears so we could make the mortgage payments.